Burrell back in the fold for 2011

Another piece of the Giants 2010 World Championship team is returning for 2011.

Pat Burrell has agreed to a one-year contract with the Giants on Wednesday. Value of the contract were not available, but More Splash Hits will guess it’s somewhere in the ballpark of $1 million or $2 million.

One the heels of the signing of Miguel Tejada, the Giants’ 2011 roster is beginning to take shape.

The next deadline to watch comes at 6 p.m. Thursday, when the Giants have to tender contract to arbitration eligible players. The Giants have eight players in that category. Five are a lock to be tendered: OF Cody Ross, OF Andres Torres, P Santiago Casilla, P Javier Lopez, P Jonathan Sanchez. P Ramon Ramirez is also candidate to be tendered, but More Splash Hits will still list him as a non-tender because the Giants have pitching depth. They could find a cheaper option. But they could also tender him, and then trade him by January. P Chris Ray and IF Mike Fontenot are good bets to be non-tendered.

With the Tejada and Burrell signings, the Giants payroll will likely rise above $110 million for 2011.


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